Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Yom Kippur, the
Jewish Day of Atonement
Sept 15 : observed in 2 days
Did you know that Yom Kippur is known in English as the “Day of Atonement“?
In actuality, however, Yom Kippur is the culmination of 40 days of repentance and atonement, beginning with the first day of the Jewish month of Elul and continuing through the first ten days of the Jewish month of Tishrei. During this period, G-d is believed to be judging a person’s fate for the upcoming year.
Known in English as the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur falls on the tenth day of the Jewish month of Tishrei — just a week and a half after the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. The ten-day period between the High Holy Days is known as the Ten Days of Tshuva (Repentance), a time during which deep introspection and personal atonement is to take place.